July 13

The kiddos labs are getting more and more involved. At the end of the course, they will have to do a full dinner party. I think it is going to be wonderful……they are not so thrilled. rolleyes.gif

Anyway this lab that they are doing is a cake reception. I didn’t have them do the reception part as I was supposed to invite all faculty and staff. Seeing as how I am the sum total of all faculty and staff, we decided to forgo the reception. We did not, however, forgo the cake! biggrin.gif

The boy made the cake and the girl made the icing….at the same time… so I was going back and forth and back and forth. It was difficult to photograph all I wanted to, but I got most of it!

For the cake…

Always prepare your pan. Give it a really good greasing, then set it aside.

Get out your trusty bowl, and add some flour,

sugar and cocoa, I think~~I was busy on the other side of the room, photographing the girl….

baking soda….or was it powder…dunno1.gif

and whisk. As you can see from the brown lumps, he should have sifted.

In another bowl

~~don’t you just love this other bowl? It reminds me of my dad’s mom. I have been looking for more like this, but I haven’t been able to find any that doesn’t have rust spots on the inside.~~

pour some oil, vinegar, water

and vanilla. We don’t measure the vanilla. We just dump. Why? ’cause it is good!!!

Whisk wet and dry together for 1 minute. Pour into your prepared pan and

Bake at 350ΒΊ for 30-35 minutes. Don’t you just love our summer kitchen?

On to the icing…

Bring a brick of cream cheese to room temperature, or in our case, soften it in the microwave. Plop it in your handy-dandy KitchenAid 6qt professional mixer. Don’t have one? Then use whatever mixer you do have, and start saving for one.Β  It is a necessary kitchen item!!!

Then you need to melt 2 oz. of unsweetened chocolate in the microwave.

The husband came home at this point, and the daughter offered him a lick.

He took her up on her generous offer, and as you can see, he had no clue it was unsweetened.

I can not believe he is spitting out perfectly good chocolate….sheesh!

We all had a good laugh…well, everyone but the husband. He wasn’t amused. lmfao.gif but we were!

Back to the icing….Take 4 tbsp butter.

3 tbsp of milk and the melted chocolate

and cream it all together.

Add powdered sugar and mix.

Once your cake is cooled,

you need to ice it, and then take it to your parents when you invite yourself over for supper!

Do you invite yourself over to your parents to eat???

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14 thoughts on “July 13”

  1. Yes, but it usually takes weeks of planning. We have almost always lived hundreds of miles from our parents. Once we lived thousands of miles from them, in Spain. We have never been able to surprise them, though. πŸ˜€ Right now, we live in Ohio and they live in Alabama and Florida. By the way, the chocolate surprise was funny. πŸ˜€ And the cake looks luscious. πŸ™‚

  2. No, but I invite myself to stay for a week or two. πŸ˜€ We don’t invite ourselves over to MILs either….if she was in better health, I might, then I’d help her cook. We work well in the kitchen together.

    Yummy cake, but the DD’s picture takes the cake!

  3. How funny that you caught him spitting it in the sink!
    Cake looks yummy. I have a roasting oven too, though i have never used it for baking.

  4. That looks like soooo much fun!! Did you say this was Abeka HomeEc?

    Thanks for sharing the photos. It is like being there. πŸ˜€

    No, we have never invited ourselves over to a parent’s home. πŸ™‚

  5. I love the outside kitchen.

    How come the boy didn’t 1) sift the cocoa (I wouldn’t have either by the way πŸ™„ ) and 2) why wasn’t he using his KA?

    To offer one’s father a lick of chocolate is very devious πŸ˜† and something that I’d do to my hubby (not my dad though as he will only lick the bowl after all is baking) – I can’t believe that he fell for that. I mean he didn’t see you licking the bowl or spoons did he? That would have made me suspicious as you’re the ChocolateChic.

    No I do not invite myself to my parents for dinner. That is just the height of rudeness and I am never rude to my parents. I can’t believe that you would do such a thing. :surprise:

    Of course my parents live on the other side of the country from me, almost 5000 away so that would be an expensive dinner for us. On the other hand after coming all that way to join them for dinner I know they wouldn’t turn us away. πŸ˜†

  6. Applie~~my outdoor kitchen is my turkey roaster. It bakes wonderfully! I generally add 5 minutes cooking time to everything that is baked in it. Also, yes, this is the Abeka curriculum.

    It keeps the heat out of the house. Even today, it is nice, and the AC isn’t on, but I would bake outside just to keep the inside cool.

    The boy didn’t sift because………..uhhhhh I have no clue. I was rather surprised too, and he wasn’t using his KA because the cake didn’t require an electric mixer, but the icing did. I know that there was NO WAY that he would have let his sister use HIS KA.

    They decided during the planning stage who would be doing what and when. I like that about this curriculum that they make you plan everything out before you do anything.

  7. I would invite myself over for dinner all the time if I lived close by. I did invite myself over for dinner on the 12th of August. Are you coming? I’m inviting you to their house, too.

    The cake looks wonderful. BTW, I don’t like to sift cocoa powder either, but I do because I buy it in bulk at Berlin Bulk foods and it is always really clumpy.

  8. I don’t have anyone to invite myself over to, but Rob’s parents(mainly his mom) will at times ask to come over to eat, which I don’t mind, because it makes me feel good that they like my cooking enough to ask to eat it πŸ˜€ .

    My and Jessica like to get her dad to eat weird things because he doesn’t pay attention to what he is eatting until its too late…the reactions are priceless…LOL πŸ˜€

    The cake looks yummy πŸ˜€ Did they get a good grade for their lab?

  9. The picture of Kirs is priceless! She must have loved that she tricked dad.

    I am going to have to look for the Abeka home ec course, it looks great.

  10. I was looking at the Abeka website and this curriculum is written to use the Betty Crocker Cookbook, 9th edition. Is this necessary? I have an older B.C. CkBk,.

  11. Beth, I am not sure if it is necessary. They have the students doing quite a bit of reading out of the book, ie. how to select fruit, how to properly cut a chicken, proper table settings, etc.

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